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Bowers Gets His Shot, Literally
Posted by Michael Glick at Nov 12, 2003 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
November 13, 2003 by Mark Clem Terripan Times Much of the pre-season hype surrounding the talented group of freshmen was focused on Mike Jones, D.J. Strawberry and Hassan Fofana. But once the 2003-04 exhibition season tipped off las night it was developing center Will Bowers who got the nod -- and the first bucket -- among the rookies. The 7-1 Bowers from nearby Spalding High School in Severn was tabbed a 'project' at the time of his signing. And he still has a ways to go. But the one thing he has done this fall is pick up the system and the plays very quickly. And with senior center Jamar Smith getting in early foul trouble he got the call last night in the Terps win over the EA All-Stars. He was the first sub off the bench. “I was surprised that he made that shot,” said head coach Gary Williams of a quick turnaround jumper Bowers nailed at the 16:24 mark in the first half just seconds after stepping on the court after Smith picked up his second foul. “Usually freshmen are nervous as hell but he went in there and banged and he wasn’t afraid." Still, it was a mixed bag as Bowers logged 13 minutes and had no rebounds. The Terps need him most to help out in that department. Bowers needs work on his strength and rebounding the most, but has been a hard worker in camp and the coaches have taken notice. "The problems he had were the matchups. The two guys he was playing against were 6-8 and were quick,” Williams said. With everyone anticipating Jones or Strawberry to be first off of the bench, it was a little surprising to see Bowers in the game. “I don’t think it was planned. Jamar [Smith] got into foul trouble and my number was called because we needed a big man in the lineup,” Bowers said. Nine seconds later Bowers hit a short turn-around jumper in the lane to give the Terps an early 9-8 lead. “I wasn’t nervous or looking to get a shot that early but I got the ball from Travis [Garrison] and the shot was there so I took it.” Bowers had 2 points and 1 turnover in his 13 minutes in the 84-70 win. He went 1 for 2 from the field. “He’s been working very hard in practice and you saw tonight that he can get in there and bang. He didn’t hesitate on his shot either,” said Williams. “I was just trying to go with the flow of the offense and when I got the open shot I knew that I was supposed to take it and I did,” Bowers said. Even though Williams was pleased with Bowers’ college debut, the big 7-footer was a bit tougher on himself. “I started off pretty good but my post defense wasn’t as good as it should’ve been and I definitely should have been more active on the boards.” Bowers has come a long way since the summer. “I’ve gotten a lot better because of the individual workouts we get from the assistant coaches,” said Bowers. “All summer and in practice I’ve really concentrated on my power moves and posting up. I’m still learning the offense but I think that I have a pretty good grasp of it.” For Bowers, the waiting game proved to be the most difficult part of his first college game. “I was nervous all day,’ he said. “Every class seemed like it would never end and all I could really think of was the game. But once I got into the lockerroom I was fine. I was really focused and was ready to go.” Even though he might have got pushed and bumped around inside by EA’s Chuck Roberts and Johnny Parker, it was nothing like the shot he took from teammate Mike Jones in practice 10 days ago. That may have been his 'welcome to college basketball' event. “I was in the middle of the lane and Mike came off of a screen and drove down the lane. I was going to take a charge so I stood there with my hands ready to take the contact and his elbow came up and knocked my tooth out.” The next day, Bowers was sporting braces and a gash on the inside of his mouth that has kept him from eating much in the last week. “I dropped down to around 236 pounds from 245 this week because I couldn’t eat,” he said. "But the cut is healing and I’ve been able to put some of the weight back on.” Bowers came into summer workouts pushing 250 pounds, but easily lost some baby fat and is hovering around the 245 mark. “I was really out of shape but by the time practice rolled around I was feeling pretty good. I shouldn’t have too much trouble with my weight because I’m getting these braces off in a week or so and then I should be back to normal.” Coming off of the bench and playing well in against EA All-Stars was no real surprise for Williams. “We recruit guys to play right away,” he said. “Again, I was surprised with his first shot but he did what he was supposed to do in that situation.” In high school Bowers showed some good range on his outside jumpers but for now Williams has focused his game on the lane. “We want Will to shoot the ball. In the scrimmage Will made a couple of nice jump shots. He will do that. But right now we need him to be an inside, tough power player. I just told him not to shoot the jumper right now if he wants minutes. Really, that’s how it works.” With a real lack of a power game from the returners beyond Jamar Smith, both Bowers and Hassan Fofana should factor more and more as the season progresses. Fofana is still picking up the system and is not as far along as Bowers. “I really don’t put limit on that stuff," said Williams. “He might work himself into more minutes than that. I’m open to whatever happens. That’s what you do to a relatively new team. You stay open and read what happens. Guys will earn their playing time.”
In the Gym with Jim- Spalding Basketball Preview
Posted by Michael Glick at Nov 8, 2003 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
Jim Quinn and Mark Thomas MDVarsity.com Magazine Staff By Jim Quinn MD Varsity.com Nov 9, 2003 MDVarsity.com traveled to Severn, Maryland, last week to watch Coach Mike Glick's Spalding Cavaliers in their first week of formal preseason practice as they prepare to recapture the Baltimore Catholic League (BCL) Championship that eluded them last March when they lost a heartbreaking 49-48 decision to Mt. St. Joe's in front of a crowd 2,700 at Goucher College. We interviewed the three key returning seniors from last year's 26-7 squad, 6-8 All-American forward Rudy Gay, 6-11 center Jason Loughry, and 5-10 point guard Jesse Brooks, and each of them identified winning the BCL Title as their single greatest goal for the 2003-2004 season. Loughry, who missed last year's BCL Tournament with a severe ankle injury, said, "It killed me to have to sit and watch us lose that game. I felt like I could have helped us win that game if I could have played. That game, and winning the (BCL) championship, are my motivation this year." Spalding has lost 7-0 center Will Bowers (Maryland) and 6-5 forward Gus Durr (Mt. St. Mary's) to graduation. Also departing are the three seniors who manned the shooting guard position by committee and also provided depth behind Jesse Brooks at the point: Matt Latonick, Dave Douglas, and Tim Brackney. Most prep programs would have difficulty sustaining success after losing two Division One recruits, particularly one that is a seven-footer bound for the ACC, as well as three such important role players, but Glick, now entering his fifth year at Spalding has built the Basketball program to the point that the Cavaliers don't have to rebuild, they merely reload and rebuild. Not satisfied with building Spalding into a state/regional power, Glick is now attracting talent worthy of generating National interest - and he is scheduling his team accordingly. Last year, Spalding played in the Morgan Wooten Invitational at the Comcast Center; the Slam Dunk to the Beach a national tournament in Lewes, Delaware; the Flying to the Hoop Tournament in Dayton, Ohio; and the Alhambra Invitational Tournament in Hagerstown. The Cavaliers went 7-3 in these tough non-conference events. This year, Glick has booked Spalding into the St. Alban's Tip-Off Tournament (featuring WCAC Champion Gonzaga); the Bullis Holiday Tournament (including, among others, Good Counsel and Notre Dame); the Mayor's Cup Tournament in Baltimore; the prestigious Beach Ball Classic in South Carolina; and the Image Capital Shootout in Rochester, New York. The Cavaliers will also travel to Philadelphia to play Philly Catholic League power Cardinal Dougherty. Not a schedule for the faint of heart! The Cavalier attack will be built around the extraordinary Rudy Gay. MDVarsity.com has seen Rudy play over a dozen times since he debuted in a Spalding uniform last fall after transferring in from Eastern Tech. As has been noted in numerous Internet sites and recruiting publications, Gay has, in the course of little more than a year, transformed himself from a relatively unknown junior to one of the Top ten seniors in the prep class of 2004. The 6-8 215 forward exploded on the National scene this summer at the Nike Camp, but he also put on exceptional performances at the St. Alban's Ban the Brick Summer League and in local AAU performances with Cecil Kirk AAU Team at Charlie Weber Tournaments at Georgetown and Maryland. Gay is posseses both exceptional athletic ability and highly developed skills. At the practice that we observed at Spalding last week, Gay not only electrified the gym with his three point shooting range and spectacular blocked shots and dunks, he also showed passing and ball-handling skills that most fans do not realize that he possesses. “Rudy is a great passer,” said Glick. "He is very unselfish and he sees the floor very well. As you saw here tonight, he can always find the open man and rarely turns it over." Beyond his electrifying play and his ability to fill up a stat sheet, Gay can also do the "dirty work" to help his team win. In the BCL Championship Game last year, Gay did not shoot well (he only scored 8 points), but his game-high 16 rebounds and terrific defense gave the Cavaliers a chance to win at the end. Unfortunately, Spalding missed 5 attempts at a game-winning basket in the last 8 seconds against Mt. St. Joe's! Gay recently committed to Connecticut after also receiving scholarship offers from Maryland, Kentucky, Arizona and virtually every other four year institution in the Western Hemisphere. One of the frontcourt slots vacated by Bowers and Durr will be filled by Lawrence Dixon, an athletic 6-4 1/2 junior from Columbia, Md., who got extensive playing time as a sophomore reserve and who had a good Summer for the Cavaliers. Dixon plays on the Cecil Kirk 16 & Under AAU Team. Glick expects big things from Dixon. The 6-11 Loughry will get a shot at replacing Bowers in the post, though Coach Glick is considering a number of possible frontcourt line-ups. Regardless of whether he starts or not, Loughry, who has gained over 20 pounds since last year and made significant strides as player, will get major minutes and be a key part of the frontcourt rotation after getting limited time the last two seasons. "I'm up to 237 pounds now,” said Loughry. "I feel a lot stronger. I'm really anxious to get out there and play this year." Loughry is committed to attend Mt. St. Mary's college next year where he will join former Spalding stanouts Durr and Landy Thompson. Glick's other frontcourt options include: Anthony Angion, a 6'5" 250 pound junior who is up from the Spalding JV who bears a more than slight resemblance to a younger, shorter Lonnie Baxter. Angione missed most of the summer action with a leg injury, but looked good in the practice we attended; Johann Jones, a 6-4 sophomore who will move up from the JV. Jones is an athletic player who loves to attack the glass and run the floor. "He is my 'surprise' sophomore this year,” Glick told MDVarsity.com. “I thought Johann would need another year of JV ball, but he 'blew up' this summer. He is a rebounding machine. He really plays hard and he's a good athlete." 6-4 senior Matt Cornell is a hardnosed power player who is headed for Ohio State on a lacrosse scholarship. Cornell played sparingly for Glick last year, but looks like he might contribute more as a senior. He posseses the toughness and athleticsm that one would expect from a lacrosse player, but also has some nice passing/shooting skills. The Spalding backcourt will be greatly improved this year by the addition of highly regarded and highly publicized DeMatha transfer Justin Castleberry. Castleberry is one of three promsing transfers from Prince George's County that Spalding has added this year, though the other two players, both sophomores, will likely play on the JV this year. Castleberry, a 6-2 junior who was a part-time starter for the Stags as a sophomore in the tough WCAC, was one the D.C. area's most highly recruited and publicized eighth graders at The Mater Dei School in Bethesda two years ago. "Justin would have been our missing piece of the puzzle last year if he had been here,” said Glick. "He is a terrific 'combo guard". He shoots well enough to play the '2" (wing guard) and handles and passes well enough to play the point. We are really excited to have Justin. He is a great player as well as a great kid and a top student. He'll help us at both (guard) positions." Brooks is beginning his third season as Spalding's starting point guard. When Glick moved Brooks into a starting role late in his sophomore year, it was a defining moment in Spalding's successful run to the 2001-2002 BCL Championship. The Severn, Md., native is an "old school", throwback point guard. He doesn't score much, but he runs the offense and plays good defense. "Passing is my main thing,” Brooks told us at practice. "I don't worry about scoring and statistics, I just want to help the team win. I'll run the offense and play defense. My only goal for this year is to get us another BCL championship." Based on seeing Brooks in a number of off-season Spalding and AAU events (he plays with Rudy Gay on Cecil Kirk), Brooks does appear to have improved his outside shot. Brooks recently took an official visit to UConn, but he told us that he was going to wait until after the season to commit to a college. He told us that Towson and St. Francis of Pennsylvania are other schools that are interested in him. Competing with Castleberry at the wing guard position will be 6-0 junior Marquis Sullivan. Sullivan did not get much varsity playing time as a sophomore playing behind the three seniors that Glick rotated at the "2" last year, but Marquis is a very talented athlete who shows evidence of being a big time shooter/scorer. Sullivan, who is from Westminster, MD, averaged 22.5 points on the JV as a freshman in 2001-2002. He was very impressive in a recent practice and might bring Glick "instant offense" off of the bench if he doesn't start. 6-2 senior Kevin Galinant is a veteran who can play either guard position and is a good shooter. Crowd favorite Jason John, a quick 5-9 senior, lends depth at the point. The Spalding basketball program has clearly emerged as one of the top programs in the state of Maryland. Glick's four year record at the Severn BCL school is 96-40. He had previously gone 122-59 in six years at Pallotti HS. Glick's rebuilding job at Pallotti, where he had a hithero unknown co-ed school in Laurel challenging DeMatha, Gonzaga, Good Counsel and St. John's for WCAC supremacy was one of the amazing basketball stories in D.C. prep hoops history. Glick has sent nearly twenty players to Division One colleges, though it is his last two blue-chippers, Bowers and Gay, who have really put Spalding on the National scene, Glick told us that he "... really likes this team. I like our chances to be pretty good." He also reminded us that, with his most recent transfer pick-ups, "I really like our junior and sophomore classes." Based on the above, it looks like Spalding will continue to be a power even beyond the Rudy Gay Era. SPALDING NOTES: - Rickey Congo looks more like a football player than a basketball player, but Coach Glick is very high on 6-2, 250 ninth grader. Glick told us that Congo's father is 6'8" and played collegiately at Drexel. Inspite of his bulk, Congo is suprisingly agile and performed well in the Spalding post drills. Glick indicated that Congo would likely be a JV player as a freshman. - Sophomore transfer guards Derrick Young (Suitland) and Daniel Palumbo (DeMatha) both played very well in the Spalding practice and in the end of the practice scrimmages, but Coach Glick is projecting both as JV players this season. "Derrick is a pure point guard, he is going to be good. Daniel is a 6'3" 'combo' guard. He is a terrific athlete, but we'll probably put him on JV this year. He will play varsity baseball for Spalding this year. He is a really good athlete. We are very fortunate to have both of these kids." - While watching Spalding's practice, we were pleased to be introduced to Marquis Sullivan's grandfather, Roy Hilton. Mr. Hilton was a great defensive end for the Baltimore Colts in the 1960's and 1970's. He played in the famous Super Bowl III game when Joe Namath and the Jets upset the Colts!
In the Gym with Jim- Spalding's Jason Loughry
Posted by Michael Glick at Nov 1, 2003 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
James Quinn MDVarsity.com Magazine Staff November 2, 2003 For the last two seasons, Archbishop Spalding’s 6-11 Jason Loughry has patiently waited his turn to become the Cavalier’s starting center. When Loughry made the Spalding varsity as a rail thin 6-10. 200 pound sophomore in 2001-2002, 7-0 Will Bowers, now a freshman at the University of Maryland, was already a 6-11, 225 pound junior with a year of starting varsity experience under his belt. As a sophomore and junior, Loughry, who is from Odenton, Marylnd, was listed as a back-up center and power forward for Coach Mike Glick’s Baltimore Catholic League (BCL) powerhouse, but, in reality, with the arrival of superstar Rudy Gay via the transfer route and the emergence of talented sophomore Lawrence Dixon, there was even less opportunity for Loughry at the forward position in 2002-2003. Gus Durr Jr., now a freshman at Mt. St. Mary’s, was Spalding’s starting power forward the last two years. In addition to limited playing time, Loughry’s development was impeded by injuries and his inability to seriously undertake a much-needed weightlifting regimen. As a sophomore, Jason had back problems that kept him from weightlifting for part of the year. As a junior, Loughery suffered a severe ankle sprain late in the season that kept him out of the BCL Championship game, the Alhambra Tournament, and nagged him through Spring AAU events. Further, in his junior year, a heart condition, since corrected, limited Jason’s ability to lift weights and engage in intense cardiovascular work. All of these setbacks aside, Loughry occasionally had some bright moments during his first two seasons, most notably in Spalding’s hard fought 45-40 win over Georgetown prep at last year’s Slam Dunk to the Beach in Lewes, Delaware. With Bowers and Gay in foul trouble, Loughry came off the bench to score 4 points, grab 2 rebounds, and block a shot in an inspired 9 minute relief stint against against the huge Prep frontline of 7-1 Roy Hibbert, 6-9 Davis Nwankwo and 6-8 Aris Williams. After the game, Coach Glick said “Without Jason’s play off the bench, we wouldn’t have won tonight.” Earlier this week, nearly a year later, Prep Coach Dwayne Bryant recalled Loughry’s performance at the Slam Dunk to the Beach, “He (Jason) came in and played well against us. I’m not sure that they could have beat us without his help that night. Even though he is really thin, that kid is going to be a pretty decent college player at the right level.” The question of what is the “correct level” of college for Jason Loughry became a little more confusing this summer as he had a number of very good performances in Summer League action in the Ban The Brick League at St. Alban’s and as he gradually got his weight up to 225 pounds. Loughry turned a few heads one Sunday in July at St. Alban’s when he registered a 13 point, 8 rebound, 4 block, 2 assist effort against a tall and talented team from WCAC power Paul VI. He drained two long jumpers, one a three pointer. With his increased size and strength, Loughry was also playing tougher under the hoop and with increased confidence. After the game, Loughry told MDVarsity.com that he had offers from Mt. St. Mary’s, Kent State and Rice and was also hearing from two Ivy League schools, Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania. Loughry has a 3.2 GPA and 1200 + on his SATs. Earlier this Fall, Loughry gave a verbal commitment to Mt. St. Mary’s and their new head coach, former Howard University star and ex-William & Mary assistant coach Milan Brown. Brown is in his first year at the Mount, replacing the retired Hall of Fame legend Jim Phelan. Loughry will join Spalding stars Gus Durr Jr. and Landy Thompson at the Emmittsburg, Maryland, Catholic school. At the time, Spalding Coach Mike Glick told us that he was very pleased with Loughry’s decision. “It is a good academic school, Coach Brown is putting together some nice young talent, his personality and coaching style is a good fit for Jason. I think there is an opportunity for Jason to play there fairly soon if he keeps working hard – which, you know, he will.” MDVarsity.com, was on hand last month at Spalding HS for the annual BCL preseason All-Star Game. Loughry failed to score a point (in fairness, big men don’t get many “touches” in All- Star games), but he did have a game high five blocked shots. Last Thursday night, MDVarsity.com traveled to Severn, Maryland, to watch Rudy Gay and his Spalding teammates practice. We were impressed that Jason appeared to have gotten even bigger and more assertive in his inside play since we last saw him in September. “I’m up to 237 pounds now, Loughry told us after practice. I feel a lot stronger and able to compete inside than I did last year.” Regarding his decision to commit so early to Mt. St, Mary’s, Jason told us, “I liked Coach Brown. The previous coach, Coach Phelan, actually started recruiting me the year before. Landy and Gus were already there and it is a good academic school. I had other offers and I could have waited, but I liked what Mt. St. Mary’s had to offer, so I committed early.” Will he be playing right away or is he considering reshirting as a freshman? “I want to play right away. I don’t want to redshirt. I already had two seasons here (at Spalding) where I didn’t play much, so I can’t see sitting out a year as a redshirt. I’m really anxious to PLAY! One of the reasons I selected The Mount is that I think I can play pretty early there,” said Loughry. What are Jason’s goals for his senior year at Spalding? “I don’t really have any goals for myself except to keep getting better. I’m much more interested in the team doing well. It KILLED me to have to sit out injured and watch us lose (to Mt. St. Joe’s) in the BCL Championshp this year. I want to win the BCL. Also, we are playing in some big national games this year, I want to help Spalding build a National reputation.” Early in the 2001-2002 season, when Loughry was a painfully thin, awkward sophomore, Coach Glick predicted that Jason would be a Division One college recruit. “Jason is a great kid, he is a hard worker. He is also a great student and real team-oriented kid. Obviously, he needs to get a lot bigger and stronger and increase his stamina, but he is a 6-11 kid who can shoot, he has long arms, and he has a good feel for the game. With his height and his intangibles as a person and as a student, I guarantee you some D-I schools will want what he has to offer.” Two years later, Loughry has made a prophet of Coach Glick and made a bona fide player of himself. Site-specific editorial/photos Copyright 2002-2003 MDVarsity.com
SPALDING'S BOWERS & GAY TAKES PART IN UMD MADNESS TONIGHT
Posted by Michael Glick at Oct 17, 2003 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
by Gary Adornato (MIAA Website- October 17th) Archbishop Spalding graduate Will Bowers officially begins his college basketball career tonight when he takes the floor with his University of Maryland teammates for Midnight Madness before what will be a full house at Maryland’s Comcast Center. Viewed as a “project,” when he signed with the Terps last winter, Bowers has been impressive in preseason scrimmages and some Maryland insiders believe the 7’-0” center will see significant time, in a reserve role, as a true freshman. Late last season, Bowers became a more aggressive scorer around the basket and displayed outstanding touch as a perimeter shooter. Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams loves big men that can shoot from the outside, because it forces his opponent to come out front to defend, creating more interior space for Maryland’s famed motion offense. Also attending Midnight Madness this evening will be Spalding senior sensation Rudy Gay. Gay, ranked among the nation’s top ten basketball recruits, is taking his official visit to College Park this weekend and has reportedly narrowed his choices down to Maryland and Connecticut. Gay, a 6’-8” forward with incredible leaping ability, may make an announcement regarding his college choice as early as next week.
Gay tops Baltimore Catholic League All-Star Game
Posted by Michael Glick at Oct 8, 2003 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
October 9, 2003 MDVarsity Drops in On Pre-Season All-Star Game by James Quinn MDVarsity.com Magazine Staff Spalding's Rudy Gay is One of the Most Terrific Kids You'll Meet On or Off the Court He is the state's top player and Terp fans are salivating at the thought of seeing him do his thing on a regular basis at Comcast Center. MDVarsity.Com scouted the Third Annual preseason BCL All-Star Basketball game in Severn, MD, on Sunday afternoon (at Spalding). Jim Quinn is our eyes and ears on the scene. Jim is the highest rated high school basketball reporter on the board. He has a keen eye for talent, a wicked sense of humor and a lethal pen. His cross-over move of crossing his "t" has yet to be stopped. The all star game format provides for an underclassmen preliminary game with the main event featuring the best BCL seniors. Each BCL school gets to place three or four players in each of the games. A large crowd was on hand, in part, to see 6'8" 215 pound senior superstar forward Rudy Gay of the host Spalding Cavaliers. The brilliant quickside forward, who is the object of an intense recruiting battle between Maryland and Connecticut, did not disappoint the fans. Rudy had 13 points (on 6 of 12 field goal shooting, 1 of 3 behind the three point arc), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks, and 3 steals. He threw down three on the blocks, the most spectacular a two-handed reverse dunk off of an “alley-oop” pass from Cardinal Gibbons guard Ken Hasbrook. Gay led the “Black Team” to a 68-60 win over the “White Team”. Several of Rudy’s baskets came on assists from point guard Jesse Brooks, his teammate both at Spalding and with the AAU Cecil Kirk team. Here are brief updates on some other seniors who played in the main game: • Jason Loughry, a 6'11" 225 pound center from Spalding who has played AAU ball in the past with both Baltimore Select and Cecil Kirk, was the starting center for the “White Team”. Loughry did not score, but had a game high 5 blocked shots. Loughry recently verbally committed to St. Mary’s and Coach Milan Brown. Loughry will join former Spalding Cavaliers Landy Thompson and Gus Durr at The Mount. Loughry hopes to get major minutes at Spalding this year after backing current Terp freshman Will Bowers for two seasons. • Will Thomas, a 6'7" 220 pound forward from defending BCL champion Mt. St. Joe’s. Will recently committed to George Mason where he will be part of a tremendous recruiting class that will include Springbrook guard Folarin Campbell and Laurel guard John Vaughn. We almost didn’t recognize Thomas with his new haircut (having cut his rather significant ‘fro since last season). Thomas had (unofficially) only 4 points, but he did a pretty good defensive job for the “White Team” as he had to check Rudy Gay most of the game. • Ken Hasbrook, a 6'2" guard from Cardinal Gibbons who handles and passes the ball well enough to probably project as a “combo guard” - depending on the level of Division One college that he selects. Hasbrook is strong, athletic, and excels in the up-tempo game. We spoke to him briefly after the game and he indicated that he is hearing from Wagner University and some other D-I colleges. • Gordon Brown, a 6'3" small forward from St. Frances who will likely project as a wing guard in college. Though he sports a headband and long ‘dreds, Brown’s game is strictly old school and hard nosed. He did convert one three point attempt and flushed one breakaway dunk, but he mostly garnered attention for his intense, aggressive defense, his willingness to battle bigger foes on the boards, and for taking the ball to the rim with authority. One of the Spalding assistant coaches told us that he thinks that Brown is one of the most unheralded, and toughest, players in the BCL. We had Brown for (unofficially) 11 points and 5 rebounds. Brown told us after the game that he expects to switch to wing guard in college. Brown said he is hearing from James Madison, Hampton Institute, and some D-II colleges and junior colleges. Regardless of the level of college that he attends, he is a very good and very effective high school player. THE UNDERCLASS GAME: In the preliminary game, the BCL Underclass “Team One/Blue” beat the BCL Underclass “Team Two/White”, 77-61. The leading scorers were as follows: “Team One/Blue”: Pat O’Connell (Loyola), 17 points; Darron Edwards (St. Frances), 14 points; Joey Speirenburg (St. Maria Goretti). 11 points; Marlin Johnson (MSJ), 10 points; Courtney Johnson (MSJ), 9 points; and Justin Castleberry (Spalding), 7 points. “Team Two/White”: Ken Perry (Towson Catholic), 12 points; George Neville (Loyola), 8 points; RaShawn Alexander (St. Frances), 8 points.